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Forum: Appliances and Interior 07-20-2020, 02:05 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 13,649
Posted By etbadger
We had a failure of the lower bolts on an...

We had a failure of the lower bolts on an electric pop top, and resolved it with new shouldered-bolts and a bracket to put the bolts into double-shear. 14.5 years of use later the bolts are still...
Forum: 4x4 04-09-2020, 04:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,971
Posted By etbadger
The upgrade has been done, along with the...

The upgrade has been done, along with the Dynatrac big-brake kit since I was replacing a lot of stuff (the break took out the spindle, locking hub, hub, etc).

The shaft snapped when in a river...
Forum: 4x4 04-02-2020, 10:56 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,971
Posted By etbadger
Do have large tires (37), don't think I was...

Do have large tires (37), don't think I was driving like a nut (though poor judgement was arguably involved), became expensive fast.

-e
Forum: Campfire 04-18-2013, 11:07 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 6,333
Posted By etbadger
Re: Motor sporting SMBers out there?

I raced outboard hydroplanes as a kid.

Now I avoid racing, but like track-days on my home-built motorcycle
https://www.badgertrek.com/motorcycles/TSTLR/TD2010-07-16_1.jpg

The van is a great...
Forum: Engines and Drivetrain 03-07-2013, 10:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,652
Posted By etbadger
Re: 6.0 PSD Oil Fill Tube Bracket question

We have an 05, and there is definitely a U shaped bracket arching over all that from the alternator toward the driver's side. Nearly no wiggle to the oil-fill tube.

-e
Forum: Engines and Drivetrain 02-15-2013, 03:45 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 10,956
Posted By etbadger
Re: BULLETPROOF 6.0; 1. RELIABILITY 2. EFFICIENCY 3. PERFORM

We have a Glow-Shift fuel pressure gauge, with the sensor at the rear driver's side fuel rail in the block (the fuel bowl location used for the trucks is blocked by the van wire-harness).

-e
Forum: General Sportsmobile 02-04-2013, 09:05 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,121
Posted By etbadger
Re: Accurate fuel mileage readings

Well, many magnets are ceramic or chrome plated (the one I used was a chrome plated 1"x1" rare-earth), but my whole tank is just mild steel, and uncoated on the inside. You may get some rust above...
Forum: General Sportsmobile 02-04-2013, 04:26 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,083
Posted By etbadger
Re: Snow load

We use cargo load bars that we shortened to fit between the ceiling and the ledge at the front and rear of the penthouse bed, one at each end.

We were also at City of Rocks when our roof...
Forum: General Sportsmobile 02-04-2013, 03:49 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,121
Posted By etbadger
Re: Accurate fuel mileage readings

The vent that matters is the one welded into the tank, not the one in the pickup/sending unit (I capped that one off, though SMB had it T'd into the other vent for some reason). Its a bit hard to...
Forum: General Sportsmobile 01-24-2013, 10:50 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,066
Posted By etbadger
Re: Fuel tank capacity / distance between fill-ups

Remember that even when your fuel-pickup starts sucking air, there are still likely a couple gallons sloshing around at the edges that are effectively un-usable.

With the vent in our tank...
Forum: Homemade SMB - Ground Up Builds 10-12-2012, 11:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,354
Posted By etbadger
Re: SMB style cabinet pulls/hardware

I believe they are pull-to-open slam-latches. About 15$ at mcmaster.com.
Forum: Engines and Drivetrain 09-06-2012, 10:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,969
Posted By etbadger
Re: To CC, or not to CC?

We did a few thousand miles religiously using CC, and found a significant (~2mgp) drop in mileage in that period (far more than our change from 32 to 37" tires). Since then it is rarely on and out...
Forum: Engines and Drivetrain 07-23-2012, 04:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,497
Posted By etbadger
Re: The Full Badger

I've always been told "You never go full Badger!"


(looks nice, when parked for a while under trees in fall/spring I throw a tarp over our hood to keep out leaves & flowers/pollen)

-e
Forum: General Sportsmobile 06-03-2012, 03:22 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,121
Posted By etbadger
Re: Accurate fuel mileage readings

After one of the times we had to drop our Transfer-Flow 46gal tank, I had it completely empty, and so was able to measure the complete fill.

With a hole in the internal surround of the vent...
Forum: General Sportsmobile 05-14-2012, 05:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,149
Posted By etbadger
Re: Field Repairs

After a few failures of suspension/steering components we started carrying a battery based welder. After pulling batteries out a few times to use it I got sick of that and have installed an...
Forum: Show & Tell 05-08-2012, 11:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,876
Posted By etbadger
Re: Best sleeping arrangement for a small infant

Now that we have two kiddos, we switched to two of the above mentioned pea-pod tents. They think it is great to have their own 'personal' space, and we throw a blanket over to cut down on light and...
Forum: Engines and Drivetrain 10-30-2011, 09:47 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,928
Posted By etbadger
Re: Finding a full floater

I believe the stock 60.1ff shaft is a 1.31" 32 spline (measured at about 1.32" max). The Van 60.1ffaxles use the same axle tubes and spindles as a D70, so they are already bored out to about 1.58"...
Forum: Engines and Drivetrain 10-29-2011, 04:45 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,928
Posted By etbadger
Re: Finding a full floater

Nope, no seals involved unless you pull the hubs off which isn't necessary if the donor axle is in good shape. The bearings are on the carrier and in the hubs, so the shafts don't interface them at...
Forum: Engines and Drivetrain 10-29-2011, 03:29 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,928
Posted By etbadger
Re: Finding a full floater

We ordered custom ones made from https://www.dutchmanaxles.com/ in Portland OR. Got them in about 1.5 weeks from ordering. I believe they were about 350 or so for the pair, there is online ordering...
Forum: Engines and Drivetrain 10-28-2011, 12:52 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,928
Posted By etbadger
Re: Finding a full floater

We found ours using https://www.car-part.com/ which indexes the stock of a large number of auto-wreckers. There are a few different databases like that that I found hunting around online.

Our axle...
Forum: Engines and Drivetrain 10-14-2011, 12:48 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,133
Posted By etbadger
Re: Not fun

Probably should update:

Here's the axle that broke:
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-IgT1HT3dPO8/TmVFR4rImmI/AAAAAAAAAec/jCmIvC5TnAU/s720/2011%2B-%2BVan%2BAxle%2BBroken%2Bflange.jpg

Picked up...
Forum: Engines and Drivetrain 08-02-2011, 04:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,133
Posted By etbadger
Not fun

Been a while since I posted, but I figured this may be useful information for some. We still travel in our van, though with the two toddlers running about we rarely get the energy up to document our...
Forum: Homemade SMB - Ground Up Builds 07-11-2011, 03:12 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 9,587
Posted By etbadger
Re: Fan-tastic vent in the window?

Ours is a 10" 24volt muffin fan that I found in a surplus catalog a while back. I think it was from a computer rack of some sort. We power it off of a 12v cigarette plug voltage converter that can...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics 06-30-2011, 12:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,152
Posted By etbadger
Re: solar panels problem, questions

Our Solara panels developed cracks in the copper traces between the individual cells. At rest they would show full voltage, but as soon as a load was applied they couldn't supply any current and the...
Forum: Engines and Drivetrain 06-30-2011, 10:31 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,846
Posted By etbadger
Re: Reliability of 2005 6.0 Diesel Engines

I would be disinclined to purchase another 6.0L (or Ford for that matter). The engine definitely had some design issues still around in 2005 (same year as ours), and the service we received under...
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